Date: 17th December 2016 at 7:16pm
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Rotherham United were just a minute away from getting their second away point of the season when referee Tim Robinson saw an infringement which led to him giving Sheffield Wednesday a penalty which Steven Fletcher gladly put away.

In the opening minutes Richard Wood did well to get to a Almen Abdi free-kick leaving Joe Mattock and then Joe Newell to clear followed by Wood again getting to the ball before Adam Reach. The first corner of the match on seven minutes went the way of the hosts but Reach’s kick was easy for a Millers defender to clear. With ten minutes gone some nice work between Tom Adeyemi and Anthony Forde started a move which ended with Darnell Fisher winning a corner. The corner came in from Newell but the referee blew for a foul. At the other end Fisher did well to stop a ball from Lucas Joao getting to Reach before a good defensive header from striker Danny Ward put a good ball in out for a corner. The first real chance of the game came on the quarter of an hour mark when Sam Hutchinson tried his luck from twenty-five yards out but it was well wide before a free-kick minutes later for the hosts saw Joao’s shot end up behind the goal in the middle of his own fans. And that’s also where a header from Tom Lees after some good work from Abdi ended up minutes later before some good work from Wood saw him head back to his own ‘keeper. The Millers had a couple of free-kicks of their own in this stop-start first half one which Kieren Westwood easily got down to from skipper Lee Frecklington and another which doesn’t clear the defensive wall. Just after the half hour mark the visitors should probably have gone ahead when a curling shot from Newell saw Wood glanced straight at the Owls shot-stopper who quickly hoofed the ball down the other end to Abdi but, once again, he shot wide. Following this Abdi went down injured and was replaced by Ross Wallace. Newell got a super ball out to Forde who in turn found Peter Odemwingie and the former Stoke City player won a corner for the Millers. A good ball in from Newell came to nothing when the referee blew for a foul in the box. At the other end Price was in the right place at the right time when Joao rose above everyone else from a corner. As the half was coming to a close both teams had a chance to score with first Danny Ward flicking a ball towards Odemwingie who put the ball just over before some good work from the Wednesday players saw the ball fall to Joao who was a bit too eager and volleyed well wide. As the board went up for two extra minutes Lee brought down Fisher for a Millers free-kick and Adeyemi headed in from the Newell set-piece only for Mr Robinson to, yet again, see a foul and rule the goal out.

Rotherham started the second half on the front foot and after Sam Hutchinson could only stop Joe Newell by bringing him down the resulting Anthony Forde free-kick saw both Newell and Tom Adeyemi try to get the ball over the line before the home side managed to get it away. Danny Ward sent a super ball over to Adeyemi five minutes into the half and with Kieren Westwood trying to get across his goal the ball flew inches past the upright. At the other end Darnell Fisher was on hand to clear a shot away from Lucas Joao with the resulting corner falling to Hutchinson some twenty yards out who saw his shot go just wide. The first yellow of the game went to Steven Fletcher for a nasty foul on Peter Odemwingie. Just after the hour mark the hosts made their second substitution bringing on Atdhe Nuhiu for Daniel Pudil. The Owls had a chance when Joao put in a lovely cross into the box but Aimen Belaid was there to clear before a bit of a muddle in the Millers box saw Joe Mattock head towards his own goal which Lewis Price had to save from. With ten minutes to go Rotherham took off Peter Odemwingie replacing him with Dexter Blackstock. Price did well a few minutes later to save from Joao before the Millers ran down the other end with Danny Ward who got the ball to Lee Frecklington with the Millers skipper seeing his shot blocked and from the resulting corner it finally fell to Forde who shoots towards the far post and saw it go just past. At the other end both Richard Wood and Price had to be on their mettle to keep the hosts out before Adeyemi did well to pinch the ball off the toes of Joao. The first Millers player to see yellow was Darnell Fisher for time wasting at a throw-in before both Ward and Forde worked together to stop Adam Reach get a shot away. The board went up for four additional minutes and the Owls really should have opened the scoring when a Hutchinson cross saw a header from Fletcher heading towards the net only for Price to get himself down and save on the line. But in the third minute of time added on a cruel twist of fate befell the Millers. Joao was felled in the box by what looked like Wood although the referee flung a yellow card towards Joe Mattock. The Millers players surrounded Mr Robinson and perhaps Wood had too much to say and was shown a red card and sent from the pitch. Steven Fletcher eventually took the penalty and put it past the outstretched hand of Price to send the Owls into the top six and the Millers fans home downhearted.

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